The Impact of Small Actions Towards Big Change (Bay Area)
An interdisciplinary, student-driven approach to community engagement programming in schools supports the development of key competencies needed to move from big ideas to concrete action. As we prepare students to be civically and socially engaged on a daily basis, we need to think about the mindsets and behaviors we are cultivating and the context within which we are developing their competencies. Microcivics, a framework for transforming personal values into habits for long-term impact, creates opportunities for lifelong reflection and action.
In this session, we offer our perspective on how curriculum, project-based learning, and age-appropriate framework can create a pathway for short and long term impact in both local and global communities.
During this session participants will:
- Explore microcivics as a framework for social impact
- Share useful methodologies and mindsets essential in moving from ideation to implementation
- Analyze the difference between more individual, student-driven projects vs. collective engagement
- Design a microcivics project in collaboration with other educators
- Reflect on the possible applications of micro-civics in your own school
The learning portion of our workshop will run from 1:00-5:00pm, with an optional happy hour from 5:00-6:00pm.
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is Dean of Equity Education and Social Impact and Director of the Center for Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement (ACE), Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA. Stacey’s years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, non-profit founder/leader, and mother inform her belief that experiential learning optimizes the development of social and emotional skills in students and supports their development in becoming social change agents. In 2008, Stacey co-founded eduWeavers, a non-profit dedicated to partnering schools in the United States and South Africa around the concept of reciprocal learning. In 2010 she was awarded the title “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools for her focus on the use of technology and emphasis on global education in the classroom to create an innovative platform for teaching 21st century skills. She currently serves as an advisory board member to the America India Foundation, Roshni Academy, and The School Fund.
Anjelika Deogirikar Grossman
Anjelika Deogirikar Grossman
is Assistant Director of the Center for Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement (ACE) at Castillja School. Her own journey as a ‘third-culture kid’ informs her belief in the value of experiential learning in students’ development. In her role at Castilleja School, Anjelika is responsible for global programming and the internship program. Anjelika also co-created and taught a seminar at Castilleja School on civic engagement and Microcivics. Anjelika draws upon her previous experience in the private sector, where she worked in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. More recently, she served as the ORGANIZE Innovator in Residence at the U.S. Department of Health. Prior experiences include Genentech, Twitter and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition, she’s been a partner with Girls Driving for a Difference, an organization empowering young women to become leaders of social change through design thinking.